Union City/West New York Briefs

Kids ride free on NY Waterway ferries for the holidays

The NY Waterway will be providing free ferry rides for all kids under the age of 12 until Jan. 1, 2019. There is a limit of two free rides for children for every adult ticket. No physical ticket is required for a child to ride for free. The Waterway also provides a free Manhattan shuttle service and real-time bus locator.

Art Exhibition featuring local artists opens

A visual arts exhibition held its grand opening at Parker cafe at 6504 Park Ave. Four artists, all West New York locals, will be showcasing their series of works for an exhibition curated by Bruce Soffer. The exhibition will run until Jan. 12. A photo series and interview with curator Bruce Soffer will be available at hudsonreporter.com

West New York Library holds ESL and citizenship classes 

The library will be hosting free ESL and citizenship classes featuring certified ESL instructor Antonia Sanchez and citizenship instructor Albeiro Raigosa. The ESL classes will consist of two levels. Beginner level classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6- 8 p.m., and intermediate level classes will be held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. These classes are open to residents only.

Citizenship classes are aimed at assisting residents with green cards pass the citizenship test. The class will review and study the test given by the U.S. Immigration Service. The class will go over both the English and Civics portion of the test, and will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Individual help is also available on Saturdays by appointment only. Registration is required.

Union City’s Emerson Middle School recognized with Prestigious Leader Award

The New Jersey School Boards Association recognized Emerson Middle School with a Leader Award for its hydroponics lab and community garden program. The Leader Award is a statewide competition run annually across public schools.

Through the two programs recognized by the award, Emerson Middle School has so far grown 15,000 pounds of fresh produce that is distributed for free throughout the community. The produce grown in the hydroponics lab is done using substantially less water than ordinary growing.

The New Jersey School Boards Association cited reasons for awarding the program, including the way it motivated students and enhanced the curriculum, as well as the positive reception the program received from the Union City community.

Union City resident honored as Paralympic High School All-American

Union City resident Jasmine Morales was named a top high school track and field athlete by U.S. Paralympics for her achievements in the 2018 season. All-Americans were named for top performances in each event at both the national club level and within their high school programs. Morales had multiple performances at various track and field events which were recognized:

400m: 1:19.80

800m: 2:58.33

1500m: 5:47.70

Board of Education hosts annual coat drive

The Union City Board of education is hosting an annual winter coat drive for needy children in the school district whose families are unable to provide them with a winter coat due to financial hardship. Donations of new or lightly-used coats will be collected at the entrances of all Union City schools until January 18.